The Great Plains Bicycling Club is Lincoln, Nebraska's recreational bicycling club. We organize rides in and around Lincoln, promote cycling and bicycle safety, publish a newsletter, and much more. We welcome all recreational riders to join us on our rides and in our other activities.
We want this to be a website that people in Lincoln and Nebraska can rely upon for information about recreational cycling. We want to know of any Nebraska-area rides that aren't in our listings. If you are aware of a recreational ride that is not listed, please contact the webmaster and provide a description and other details.
A Fond Farewell to Bob Brown (1931-2014)
Long-time club member Bob Brown passed away December 7, 2014. Bob was a retired psychology professor, marathon runner, and long-distance cyclist (veteran of a cross-country ride in 1993). After his wife Ann was badly injured when hit by a car while cycling, but saved from more serious head injury by a helmet, Bob became a tireless proponent of helmets, prompting Lincoln to place helmet signs on trails and the media to do more to promote use of helmets.
Bob had a keen intellect and wit, was a wonderful storyteller, and loved parties. For a number of years he and Ann hosted the club Holiday Party in their home, and Bob could be relied upon to come up with unique games and quizzes to enliven the festivities. A lover of chocolate, Bob often led an Easter Bunny Chocolate Ride for the club on Easter weekend, from Lincoln to Baker's Candies in Greenwood (any made the ride many times on his own at other times). This year Bob and Ann could not ride along, so they drove to Greenwood to meet the riders and joined us for a pleasant lunch in Waverly on the way back.
Great Plains Bicycling Club will miss Bob's dedication, charm, and humor. He will be sorely missed.
GPBC Annual Meeting
About three dozen club members attended the GPBC Annual Meeting and Dinner on November 20, 2014. Club president Jane Goertzen reviewed the club's public events and treasurer Steve Clements gave a very positive financial report. The success of our public rides (Spring Fling and Heatstroke 100) enabled the club to make donations to a number of non-profit organizations. A $2500 Donation was presented to the Nebraska Trails Foundation for the N Street Bikeway project, and $500 each was presented to BicycLincoln and the Nebraska Bicycling Alliance. Donations were also made to the Lincoln Bike Kitchen, M.A.D. Dads, and Southview Church (which hosts regular board meetings).
New members of the 2015 GPBC Board of Directors were introduced: Stacy Christmann and Pat Grewe. They will be joining continuing members Dale Arp, Mike Berger, Chris Blackstock, Bob Boyce, Pat Bracken, Steve Clements, Rick Dockhorn, Jane Goertzen, Hal Smith, and Randy Smith. The Board would like to thank outgoing board members Jason Berlowitz and David Schmidt for their service to the club. The evening was capped by a spirited musical set from local singer/songwriter Daniel Christian.
Bike Safety PSA Video
GPBC board member Steve Clements and Lancaster County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jeff Bliemeister star in a 30-second Public Service Announcement video on the 3-foot rule. The video and an audio version will be played on local TV and radio stations. Thanks Steve and Jeff for getting the word out to the public about bicycle safety.